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Recycling. Rachel Hamarman 4 th Grade. What is Recycling?. Recycling is a term used to describe a series of activities that includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste. What does the Recycling Symbol Mean?.

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Recycling

Rachel Hamarman

4th Grade

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Recycling is a term used to describe a series of activities that includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste.
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The first top arrow represents the collection of recyclable materials for processing.
  • The bottom right arrow represents the recyclables being processed into recycled products.
  • The bottom left arrow is the most important. It represents when the consumer actually buys a product with recycled content.
reduce
Reduce
  • Reduce means to use less of something. Some examples are:
  • Use a handkerchief instead of tissues.
  • Use a cotton rag when cleaning house instead of paper towels.
  • Use a sports bottle instead of buying bottled water everyday.
reuse
Reuse
  • Reuse is to put again into service without changing. Examples are:
  • Wrapping paper
  • Floppy disks
  • Plastic grocery bags
recycle
Recycle
  • Recycle is to put again into service with changing. Examples are:
  • Cans
  • Glass
  • Plastics
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Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Steel Cans
  • Batteries
  • Plastic
  • Tires
  • Shoes
  • Computers
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Ceramics
  • Windows
  • Light Bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Spray Cans
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A local recycling center
  • A local waste recycling center
  • At curbside
  • A local bulky waste recycling center
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Recycling conserves natural resources by substituting “secondary resources” such as glass, metal, and paper for raw materials extracted.
  • By recycling paper the need to cut down trees reduces.
  • By recycling aluminum it minimizes the need for mining new minerals, thereby decreasing damage to the wilderness.
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The energy required to manufacture paper, plastics, glass, and metal from recycled materials is usually less than the energy required to produce them from new materials.
  • The steps such as collection, processing, and transportation is also usually less energy then the steps in supplying new materials.
there are 3 steps to starting one
There are 3 steps to starting one
  • The first step is to get key questions answered such as:
  • Who will run the program?
  • What kind of Recyclables does the school produce?
  • How will the Recyclables get to the centers?
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The second step in creating a Recycling program at your school is to find out who will take the collected recyclables to a center.
  • Will the school ask a center to pick up the recyclables?
  • Or will there be volunteers to bring the recyclables?
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The final step is to put the program into gear by having a recycling club to manage it.
  • Each classroom should have a bin to put their recyclables in.
  • The schools offices should also have bins.
recycling club should
Recycling Club should:
  • Have the task of emptying the classroom and office bins.
  • Oversee the collection in their area and be a check to see if what is being recycled is recyclable.
  • Inform new students of the recycling program.
  • Remind students of what can be recycled.
  • Encourage participation from classmates and teacher.
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Bring your lunch in reusable lunch bags with reusable silverware.
  • Reuse paper if you can.
  • When typing use a smaller font and bigger margins.
  • Use refillable pens and pencils.
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Bring old glasses to eye doctors.
  • Bring your old clothes to Goodwill.
  • Use glass cups and plates instead of paper.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper.
  • Buy in bulk rather then buying smaller bottles of something.
  • Reuse glass bottles or containers.
things to remember
Things to Remember:
  • The three R’s. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.
  • Recycling helps to conserve our natural resources, energy, and keeps less out of our landfills.
  • Starting a program at your school helps to tell people of how Recycling is such an importance for everyone to take part in.
  • It’s FUN!
sources
Sources
  • www.co.hennipin.mn.us/enviornment/learning/wrchecklist.html
  • www.ci.fort-collings.co.us/recycling/school
  • http://philcoservices.com/RecyclingFacts.phtml
  • www.rice.edu/armadillo/projects/star/facilitators
  • www.1800cleanup.org
  • www.obviously.com/recycle/guides
  • www.purea.com/images/3-prong_plug
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